Accident and Injury Claims

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Our Accident and Injury Claims Legal Hour is hosted by Yasmin Ameer, Senior Associate in our Personal Injury Department.

 
If you require further help regarding accident and injury claims, please phone us on 01279 755777 or contact Yasmin Ameer directly. 

Our Accident and Injury Claims Team will be hosting the Nockolds Legal Hour on the following dates:

Wednesday 2nd August 2017  12pm - 1pm
Wednesday 13th September 2017  12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 25th October 2017  12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 6th December 2017 12pm - 1pm 

Our Latest Legal Hour Questions (02.08.2017)

Read your previously answered questions here

My sister went into labour early and was rushed to hospital by ambulance. Although she was in distress, she was kept waiting for 5 hours before they delivered the baby by C-Section. Unfortunately, my niece has now, at the age of 18 months, started to show signs of delayed development. My sister tells me that when her baby was born she was a blue baby and was displaying some very disturbing signs such as gurgling noises. My sister is now thinking her baby suffered some injury at birth because of the delay in delivery. What should she do?
If your sister suspects that there might have been an accident at birth, or that your niece suffered an injury because of a delay in delivering her, she should speak to a solicitor. The solicitor will request all your sister’s medical notes and the baby’s notes from the hospital and check the circumstances surrounding the birth. If the indications are that the baby was in distress prior to the birth, and the delay in delivery caused injury, then your niece would have a claim in damages if it can be proved that her delayed development is as a result of the hospital’s breach of duty.  

The solicitor will check the medical notes and recorded information surrounding the birth to get an idea as to whether the hospital acted negligently. If the advice is that there is fault on the part of the hospital, which has caused injury to your niece, then she will have a claim which should be investigated.  

Your sister should consider very carefully which solicitor she instructs. Medical negligence claims, particularly birth injuries, are a very specialised area of the law relating to injury and therefore the advice of an experienced solicitor should be sought. Solicitors who specialise in medical negligence claims belong to the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel of Solicitors.   

At Nockolds we have an experienced team who specialise in birth injury work. We are members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel and various other professional groups that have an interest in birth injuries and work with injured children and their families.